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AMD release Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.10.1

Shaun Grimley | Oct 11, 2017 at 07:16 am CDT

AMD have today released released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 drivers. These beta drivers add optimizations for upcoming releases such Middle-Earth: Shadows of War and The Evil Within 2, including Radeon Chill support for both releases.

AMD release Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.10.1 | TweakTown.com

The drivers also include fixes for some common issues including where bezel compensation in mixed-mode cannot be applied using Eyefinity setups and rare flickering for DiRT 4 with certain multi-GPU configurations. AMD have updated the common issues to include two new concerns- freeze/crash when using Windows 7 and upgrading Radeon Software with multi-GPU Vega configurations and corrupted graphics on certain HDR displays in Forza Motorsport 7 when HDR is enabled in-game.

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AOL Instant Messenger to shut down on December 15

Shaun Grimley | Oct 9, 2017 at 03:26 am CDT

Remember when you'd log on to the internet with your 56k modem, wait patiently for AIM start-up and log in? There's probably some people who do (hopefully without the 56k modem). Unfortunately Verizon, owner of AOL, have announced that on December 15, the long-running instant messenger service will be shut down.

AOL Instant Messenger to shut down on December 15 | TweakTown.com

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath.

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Spotify writing huge amounts of data to storage drives

Sean Ridgeley | Nov 11, 2016 at 09:58 am CST

For five months or more, the Spotify software on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been writing a gigantic amount of data to storage devices, potentially taking years off their lifespan. Tens, hundreds, or even thousands of gigabytes written within an hour have been reported, and occur when the software is idle and is not storing any songs locally.

Spotify writing huge amounts of data to storage drives | TweakTown.com

The problem -- which was reproduced easily by Ars Technica -- is said to be tied to one or more database files with the Mercury.db string. It is of course particularly burdensome to solid state drives (SSDs), which have limited write capacity.

"We've seen some questions in our community around the amount of written data using the Spotify client on desktop," a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement. "These have been reviewed and any potential concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42, currently rolling out to all users."

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OBS Studio adds support for AMD Video Coding Engine

Sean Ridgeley | Sep 27, 2016 at 01:03 pm CDT

It's a hard life if you're an AMD user and like to stream and record. Whereas NVIDIA users enjoy the sleek, performance-light, and feature-rich Shadowplay, there's really nothing as good for the other camp.

OBS Studio adds support for AMD Video Coding Engine | TweakTown.com

The gap narrows somewhat today though as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio (the new and improved version of OBS) gains support for AMD's Video Coding Engine (VCE). Essentially, this means fast, high-quality recording and streaming, in contrast to Windows Media Foundation offered, particularly at 1080p and 60 FPS.

VCE support has been in testing for awhile now and today marks the first stable release. To download it, hit the source link below, or if you're in no hurry, wait until the next OBS Studio release with which it will be bundled.

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Steam update fixes in-home streaming with AMD hardware

Sean Ridgeley | Sep 21, 2016 at 11:17 am CDT

A new beta update to the Steam client has at last fixed the bitrate issues plaguing in-home streaming users with AMD hardware. User reports indicate all is indeed well now -- welcome news given it's been nearly a year since the problem started.

Steam update fixes in-home streaming with AMD hardware | TweakTown.com

To get started with in-home streaming, navigate to Big picture mode > Settings > In-home streaming > Advanced host options.

Also included in the update: improved local file validation performance, particularly for HDDs, and a fix for the black screen issue observed when streaming Duelyst or They Bleed Pixels.

GameRoom launcher rolls your PC library into one program

Sean Ridgeley | Sep 14, 2016 at 03:03 pm CDT

One of the issues with PC gaming these days is having multiple game libraries across multiple services. While many attempts have been made at creating all-in-one frontend solutions, you might say they've all fallen short. The newly launched GameRoom, however, looks to be the best of the bunch so far with a sleek interface similar to Origin prior to its recent overhaul.

GameRoom launcher rolls your PC library into one program | TweakTown.com

Feature-wise, it includes automatic import, sorting, support for command line arguments, a power saving mode, a play time tracker, and more.

The downside: it requires Java, which has been swiftly going the way of the dodo. If that doesn't dissuade you, download GameRoom here.

DirectX 12, Vulkan support on the way for CryEngine

Sean Ridgeley | Aug 19, 2016 at 01:50 pm CDT

Crytek's newly published roadmap for CryEngine reveals big features are not far off at all.

DirectX 12, Vulkan support on the way for CryEngine | TweakTown.com

First is DirectX 12 multi-GPU support, a complete DirectX 12 renderer, the possibility of support for NVIDIA's PhysX, and more. All of these are labeled for version 5.2, due out any day now.

Version 5.3, meanwhile, will introduce the increasingly popular Vulkan API. Developed as a spin-off of AMD's Mantle, it serves as another low-overhead solution that's been shown to majorly increase performance in games. 5.3 is planned for mid-October.

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EA's Origin client is getting a new look, currently in beta

Sean Ridgeley | Jul 28, 2016 at 11:53 am CDT

EA's Origin digital distribution client is receiving an overhaul. Currently available to test in beta form, it boasts a softer, sleeker look over the current client, which, while nice, doesn't come off quite as professional.

EA's Origin client is getting a new look, currently in beta 1 | TweakTown.com

The new design isn't just for aesthetic purposes, either; it's more functional, too. The store and library are more natural to navigate between, download progress is now more readily displayed, and the store is much more intuitive to browse, among other changes.

If you want to get it on it early, go to Origin > Application Settings > General. Then, check "Update to beta version when available" and reboot the client.

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NVIDIA's new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers released, supports Raw Data

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 16, 2016 at 02:27 am CDT

NVIDIA has just released its new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers, which are Game Ready for a bunch of new VR titles that NVIDIA has just released - including VR Funhouse. You can download the new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers here.

NVIDIA's new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers released, supports Raw Data | TweakTown.com

There's also support for Everest VR, Obduction (from the makers of Myst), Raw Data, and The Assembly. As for the changelog on NVIDIA's new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers, here's what you'll need to know:

Game Ready

  • Provides the optimal experience for new and upcoming Virtual Reality titles including NVIDIA VR Funhouse, Everest VR, Obduction, Raw Data, and The Assembly.

New Features

Ansel Support

  • Supports the new Ansel technology now available in Mirror's Edge Catalyst, which allows you to compose your shots from any angle, capture in 2D, 360°, and adjust with post-process filters.

Virtual Reality

  • VR Ready GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 980 Ti customers can download NVIDIA VR Funhouse from Steam today.

Application SLI Profiles

  • Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
  • -Obduction - disabled SLI

3D Vision Profiles

  • Added or updated the following 3DV profiles:
  • -Obduction - not recommended

Windows 10 Fixed Issues

GPU Boost not applied to VR games. [1778552]

  • Vive does not work with mini-DisplayPort on the Link Box. [200217901]
  • [ArcheAge] The GameGuard module crashes in nvinit.dll when CreateProcess() is called with parameters greater than 260 bytes. [200210594]
  • [GeForce GTX 970M] NVIDIA reference driver support requested for GIGABYTE P55Wv5. [1783058]
  • [GP104] Corruption seen when booting on DVI at or above a 330 MHz pixel clock and an 80 Hz refresh rate. [1782521]
  • [365.10] Tearing occurs in windowed applications after an update to Release 364.xx drivers. [1763731]

Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7 Fixed Issues

  • [ArcheAge] The GameGuard module crashes in nvinit.dll when CreateProcess() is called with parameters greater than 260 bytes. [200210594]

GeForce Experience beta features new interface, ShadowPlay upgrades

Sean Ridgeley | Jul 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm CDT

NVIDIA users can test drive a new version of GeForce Experience today, which brings a brand new interface, ShadowPlay improvements, and more.

GeForce Experience beta features new interface, ShadowPlay upgrades | TweakTown.com

The new look takes inspiration from digital distribution platforms like Netflix and Origin and is said to be much faster. It also features gaming tech news from NVIDIA itself.

As for ShadowPlay, features new and old include 60FPS and 4K recording, fullscreen and windowed mode recording, YouTube uploading, livestreaming support, and game joining via Chrome.

Lastly, accounts sign-on (via Google or NVIDIA) means you're automatically signed up for game and hardware giveaways, beta access to games, and more.

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